MP impressed on factory visit

MP for North West Durham Richard Holden and his assistant Doug Oliver took time out of a very busy day of regional visits to drop in on Cornerstone’s joinery factory and Learning and Training Centre last week.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT… MP Richard Holden left speaking to Cornerstone Communication Editor Phil Hardy in the learning centre’s multi-use break room.

The MP and his aide were shown around by board member Heather Lee, workshop manager Jeff Malpas and communications editor Phil Hardy.

HOW WE HELP… MP Richard Holden left speaking to Cornerstone Communication Editor Phil Hardy and Cornerstone board member Heather Lee in the charity’s IT suite and boardroom about Cornerstone’s projects that reduce homelessness and poverty.

Mr Holden met volunteers Derek Smith and Niall Vasey and heard about the charity’s hard work to tackle homelessness and poverty via its effort in industry, providing professional and accredited volunteer training and backing it up with empathetic support work.

He has pledged to support Cornerstone in its bid to win funding vital to its future projects and expansion of its services.

BUILDING RELATIONS… MP Richard Holden left is shown Cornerstone’s shed and furniture-making factory by Cornerstone Communication Editor Phil Hardy.

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